On July 11, the University Park Undergraduate Association, Penn State’s undergraduate student government body, took to Twitter to pressure the PA state legislature to vote on Penn State’s annual appropriation using the hashtag #WeAreWorthFunding.
— PennStateStudentGovt (@UPUA) July 11, 2017
In the press release included in the tweet, UPUA claimed that the legislature may adjourn for its summer recess prior to voting on a funding measure and urged them not to, stating that “This state support is essential to keeping tuition as low as possible for the nearly 100,000 Penn State students at University Park and across the Commonwealth.”
UPUA’s efforts come on the heels of a report issued by the PA Auditor General on June 22 that deplored Penn State’s rising tuition price, yet largely ignored the declining fiscal support from Harrisburg. In 2016, Penn State received $230.4 million in appropriations, amounting to only $2,468 for every full-time student, much less than all other public schools in Pennsylvania, the University of Pittsburg, and Temple University.
Other Penn State students, most of whom serve in the UPUA, also joined the #WeAreWorthFunding hashtag and expressed their concerns to their State Senator.
— Fernando Mendez (@Nando_D_mendez) July 11, 2017
— Alex Shockley (@shockley_2014) July 11, 2017
— Katierose (@katierosepstein) July 11, 2017
This lobbying push is but one of many actions taken by UPUA and the Penn State Grassroots Network in the #WeAreWorthFunding campaign. Past efforts include Capital Day, when 160 students visited the state capitol to lobby for increased funding, and a #WeAreWorthFunding Day of Action in November.
— PennStateStudentGovt (@UPUA) November 10, 2016